I guess I'm giving Samana an "above average" score due to the fact that I let down my guard and truly enjoyed the people of this province. Don't expect a Virgin Islands experience. Once you arrive at the simple port- there are many locals with their motorcycles and rickshaws waiting for the tourists. My husband and I were with another couple. Across the street was a restaurant that we went to in order to talk to the local restauranteurs and ask "who could be trusted". After a beer and assurance that we would be treated well- we ended up with a lovely man named Beato and his rickshaw. Fortunately, I knew enough Spanish for an elementary conversation. We wanted an "authentic" Dominican scene- not the tourist thing. He drove us over a mountain to a wonderful little bar named "Amnesia" that overlooks the Bay where whales frequent. We stayed nearly 2 hours speaking to the locals- and ran into some US servicemen who are currently stationed there. Then we went further down the road where a woman, Isabella, and her sons took us for a mile walk into the woods basically on a "nature" tour. We saw a variety of local wild and plantlife, ending at the beautiful waterfalls of the Chocolate River. Probably not the average "tourist" thing- but we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the kindness of the people- of course tipping them graciously. There is plenty of shopping at the port. The country side is full of abject poverty- this must be the poorest place I have ever seen- but wonderful people and it appears they are trying hard to become a tourist attraction- I wish them the best. Not a place for the posh, but definitely a place for people persons.